Tasmanian Devils
Full nameTasmania Football Club[1]
Club song"We're from Tasmania"
2008 season
Home-and-away season14th
Club details
Colours  Green
CompetitionVictorian Football League
PresidentGuy Abel
CoachLance Spaulding
Captain(s)Brett Geappen
Ground(s)Bellerive Oval
 York Park
Former ground(s)North Hobart Oval

The Tasmanian Devils is a former Australian rules football club based in Tasmania that competed in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Owned and run by AFL Tasmania, the Devils took part in the VFL from 2001 to 2008 as the only non-Victorian club in the league.
The Devils participated in 157 official VFA/VFL matches during its eight season tenure recording a 59-96-2 playing record, recording its highest finish of Preliminary Finalist in 2004, where they were defeated by eventual premier, Sandringham.

The Devils played the majority of their home games at Bellerive Oval in Hobart alongside regular fixtures at York Park in Launceston. At the end of the 2008 season, AFL Tasmania decided to withdraw the Devils from the VFL in favour of restarting a new Tasmanian league encompassing the entire state.


See also: Australian rules football in Tasmania

During the 1990s, Tasmania had shown strong interest in joining the Australian Football League (AFL), and after rejected bids in 1995 and 1997, the AFL instigated the formation a Tasmanian team for the newly re-constructed Victorian Football League (VFL). The Tasmanian Devils formed in 2001 and were admitted into the VFL in its inaugural season the same year. The AFL continued to own the club.

The nickname "Devils" was chosen as the moniker for the club after the tenacious marsupial predator the Tasmanian devil, which is indigenous to the island of Tasmania. The club colours of green, red, gold and black were inspired by the original State of Origin "map" guernsey and are also Tasmania's sporting colours.

The Devils established home grounds in both Hobart and Launceston to deal with the long-standing north–south rivalry. Originally, northern home games were played at Ulverstone, Devonport, Burnie and Launceston's York Park, while North Hobart Oval hosted games in the south.

The Devils' first two seasons brought mediocre results, but, under the direction of coach Matthew Armstrong, they made the finals for the first time in 2003, finishing third. The 2004 and 2005 seasons saw the Devils again make the finals. At the end of the 2005 season, the team moved from North Hobart Oval to Bellerive Oval for home games in the south and began playing all northern home games at York Park.

Following the trend of AFL clubs aligning themselves with VFL clubs for the match fitness of reserves players, in 2005, the Kangaroos expressed intentions to align with the Devils. A deal was struck that allowed a capped number of players from the Kangaroos to compete with either the Devils or North Ballarat in the VFL, starting in the 2006 season. This arrangement lasted two years and was unpopular among local fans, significantly harming the popularity of the club.

2006 proved to be a disappointment on-field, with the Devils finishing ninth and missing the finals.[2][3] During the season, Armstrong had stepped down as coach due to internal pressure from the playing group, ending his six-year term in charge of the Devils. North Hobart premiership coach and former Devils player Brendon Bolton was made stand-in coach for the remainder of the year.[4]

Tasmanian and former Sydney player Daryn Cresswell was named coach of the club for 2007, after a successful career as an assistant coach at Geelong and the Brisbane Lions. However, hampered in part by Cresswell's off-field issues, which included a gambling addiction and eventual fraud conviction, the club finished wooden spooners both seasons he coached the team, winning only six of a total 34 games.[2][3]

At the end of the 2008 season, AFL Tasmania decided to withdraw the Devils from the VFL in favour of restarting a new Tasmanian league encompassing the entire state.[4]

Records and statistics

Highest score 26.21 (177) v North Ballarat, Round 4, 2003, North Hobart Oval
Lowest score 2.4 (16) v Werribee, Round 11, 2004, Devonport Oval
Greatest winning margin 123 points v North Ballarat, Round 4, 2003, North Hobart Oval
Greatest losing margin 154 points v Box Hill, Round 5, 2001, Box Hill City Oval
Lowest winning score 10.9 (69) v Frankston 5.9 (39), Round 16, 2003, Frankston Park
Highest losing score 21.13 (139) v Geelong 22.9 (141), Round 2, 2005, North Hobart Oval
Highest crowd attendance 11,456 v Northern Bullants, 2nd Semi Final, 2005, Bellerive Oval

Individual awards

Alastair Lynch Medalists (Best and Fairest):

JJ Liston Trophy Medallists:

See also


  1. ^ "ABN Lookup". abr.business.gov.au. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "The power and the passion: Scott Wade reflects on a career at the coalface of Tasmanian football". The Mercury. Hobart, TAS. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Scott Rollinson (9 March 2016). "AFL Tasmania chief Scott Wade's resignation was a 'mutual decision', AFL says". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  4. ^ a b Tasmania Devils history
  5. ^ a b Top AFL Tasmania award